Discover a bustling metropolitan city in the North
Leeds is a major economic and cultural hub in Yorkshire – the third largest city in the UK is home to a wide range of attractions, an unrivalled night life, and plenty of shopping options. The former industrial hub is now a vibrant modern city, making it a great place to go on a trip – whether you’re in town for a day or a long weekend. There’s always something going on around the city, so here’s to planning your next city break in Leeds.
Leeds Station is conveniently located in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from many of the major attractions.
If you’re looking for retail therapy, then look no further than Leeds city centre! The iconic Trinity Leeds is the perfect choice for those looking for all their high street favourites under one soaring glass roof. With 120 shops, bars and restaurants available without having to step outside, you don’t even have to worry about the weather.
If you’re on the search for a bargain, we recommend heading to Leeds‘ historic Kirkgate Market. The Grade 1 listed building dates back to 1875 and is home to over 400 stalls, making it one of the largest covered markets in Europe. You could spend hours nosing around for the perfect bargain.
For more unique shopping experiences, head over to the Corn Exchange, which is home to a wide choice of independent retailers and tasty eateries. If you’re lucky, your visit will coincide with one of the many vintage markets or record fairs held there.
No trip to Leeds is complete without a truly excellent curry. Bundobust is a local favourite but there’s loads of excellent independent choices scattered around the city. If you’ve come for a weekend of indulgence, there’s little better than a slap-up pub lunch on a Sunday – when it comes to the perfect roast, you’re spoiled for choice. The Midnight Bell has a great option with all the trimmings, or head to Whitlock’s for a traditional treat.
During the summer months, you might find the call of Nash’s Fish and Chips hard to resist, but expect to queue with locals – it’s a perennial favourite. Of course, there’s loads of choices when it comes to activities for kids in Leeds, and the restaurant scene is no different. Almost Famous is one of our favourites; their stacked burger is sure to be a hit after a long day of adventuring.
There’s a strong music scene in Leeds – from the world famous music festival to small intimate venues, it’s a great city to catch the latest sounds.
If art is more your bag, there’s plenty to be seen in the city. Leeds is home to some of the best collections of contemporary art in the UK – the recently refurbished Leeds Arts Gallery has some excellent exhibitions, and The Henry Moore Institute celebrates one of Yorkshire’s best-known sons. If you prefer not to coop yourself up inside, there’s some amazing public art on display in the city, with a statue or mural around just about every corner.
We couldn’t speak about the culture of Leeds without mentioning the city’s sporting prowess. From cricket to football and rugby to cycling, there’s something for everyone, with passionate fans across the board.
Leeds Station has step-free access throughout the station; you’ll also find accessible ticket machines and ticket office counters in the main concourse.
Leeds Station is the third busiest in the country, and as such, is well connected by public transport. The city has excellent bus links, many of which stop at the station. There’s also a taxi rank adjacent to the station.
If you have any further questions about Leeds Station, check out our station guide.
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